How we research and test our products

2017-07-14
Twisted LED filament during 'Aging Test'
Twisted LED filament during 'Aging Test'

In every industry, product research and product testing are vital parts of developing new products. With new technologies even more so. A few years ago, LED lighting was not widely available for consumers. Since then it has taken the industry by storm, with new applications being developed every day. LEDs use only a fraction of the energy that traditional incandescent lights use. Their small size compared to the large amounts of light LEDs produce, make them the go-to solution for portable applications. They come in a wide variety of colours, and can be used in an equally wide variety of applications.

 

Choosing New Products

At Shada, we try to be at the forefront of the LED industry. Every year, we research and develop new products and bring them to you, our customer. We attend trade shows and conferences, where the newest applications in the LED industry are being shown. We review new products and test them, picking out the best ones to develop and produce. If a product does not meet our high standards, we won’t produce it. For example, products for use at home should be versatile, easy to install and easy to use. Products for the worksite should be moisture-resistant and portable, and products for professional use should offer a range that is widely applicable in both offices and worksites, in wide open spaces like garages or production halls and in damp environments. Our products are reliable, have a long lifespan and are versatile. 

Collecting test data
Collecting test data

Whenever we review a new product, we test it in several ways. Our manufacturers send us both the specifications and samples of our prospective new products. Our specialists test these samples and if necessary, they change the design to give it a nicer look and feel or to make the product easier to use. After that, we use professional equipment to check if the products meet our – and your – expectations and if the specifications are correct. In order to do this, we use a special piece of equipment called an integrating sphere. The inside of this sphere has a white reflective coating that evenly distributes light over all angles. A light is put in the sphere, and our equipment then measures the total power (luminous flux), wattage and colour in a reliable way.

 

Integrating Sphere
Integrating Sphere

When the product meets our requirements, several samples are placed in our aging room. After 200 hours of use in the aging room, they are taken back to the sphere and are again tested for performance and specifications. We repeat this process several times, testing the product at regular intervals (for instance, at 1000 and 6000 hours). Only when a product passes all of these quality control tests, we add it to our catalogue. New batches of our products are regularly tested to ensure the quality remains the same.

Fitting a new LED tube in the Sphere
Fitting a new LED tube in the Sphere

 

As you can see, we put a lot of time in testing our products and in quality control. We feel that this is essential to developing new products and it is the only way that we can offer you, our customer, a range of products that is both reliable and versatile.

 

Aging test room at Shada BV Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Aging test room at Shada BV Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

We hope this article has offered you some insight in how we select, research and test our new products. If you have any questions or remarks however, or if you want to know more about our products, please feel free to contact us at website@shada.nl

 

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